GREENWICH, CT, January 15, 2014 /24-7PressRelease/
-- Your feet have two main functions-absorbing shock and propulsion. When your feet absorb shock, you usually don't notice any pain or discomfort, unless you participate in intense activities. But when you injure your plantar fascia, you may start to notice some discomfort, maybe even pain.
"The plantar fascia is a thick band of tissue located across the bottom of your foot. It is the major tissue that connects the heel bone to your toes. If outward pressure becomes too great, small tears can develop in the plantar fascia, causing inflammation and heel pain," explains Dr. Chris Kassaris, Greenwich, CT podiatrist. "Pain and inflammation of the plantar fascia is called plantar fasciitis. Not everyone is at risk for developing plantar fasciitis. There are common factors that spur it."
The most common risk factors are age, sex, exercise, obesity and improper shoes. Younger people still have a great amount of fatty tissue at the bottom of the heel. This fat helps protect the heel bone, muscles and ligaments (plantar fascia). As you age, the fatty tissue may thin, making it more difficult to absorb shock. Plantar fasciitis is most common in patients between the ages of 40 and 60, and a higher percentage of women are treated for this foot condition. Many athletes who play sports with a lot of footwork (running, ballet, aerobics, soccer, etc.) are also at an increased risk of developing plantar fasciitis. And obesity puts excessive stress on the feet, which unfortunately also contributes to plantar fasciitis.
If you injured your plantar fascia, you may not notice any symptoms, at first anyways. Gradually over time, you will start to feel a stabbing pain in the heel of your foot. Long periods of standing, walking or running can trigger and increase the heel pain.
In most cases, conservative treatment options, such as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and orthotics, can help you recover. However, chronic plantar fasciitis is more difficult to treat. When conservative measures fail, Dr. Peter J. Tortora, Greenwich podiatrist, from Associated Podiatrists may recommend an alternative treatment-extracorporeal shock wave therapy. Candidates for extracorporeal shock wave therapy are patients who have chronic plantar fasciitis and don't respond to conservative treatment methods. Sonic waves are projected at the affected heel area, and it's meant to stimulate the healing process. Shock wave therapy is noninvasive and also falls under an outpatient procedure, lasting close to 30 minutes.
To find out if extracorporeal shock wave therapy is for you, talk to one of the associates at Associated Podiatrists in Greenwich. Call the Associated Podiatrists' Greenwich office at (203) 869-2022. Or you can submit an online appointment form by visiting www.greatfootcare.com
. On the Associated Podiatrists' website, you can find foot resources, staff bios, door-to-door office directions and leading services. The Associated Podiatrists team looks forward to meeting and treating new patients.Media Contact:
Associated Podiatrists (Greenwich Office)
46 Milbank Ave
Greenwich, CT 06830
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